Feb. 28, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Minnesota Gophers head coach Tubby Smith gives directions to his team as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 52-45.Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Tubby Smith Officially Extended By Golden Gophers Through 2017 Season

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have locked up basketball coach Tubby Smith for the next three seasons.

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Minnesota Extends Tubby Smith Through 2016-17 Season

On Monday, the University of Minnesota extended the contract of basketball coach Tubby Smith.

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Tubby Smith Contract: Gophers To Extend Basketball Coach For 3 More Years

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been rumored to be negotiating a new contract with Tubby Smith for quite awhile, but the process seems to be taking a very long time. It must be closer to completion now, however, because recent reports indicate that the men’s basketball coach will be extended for three seasons.

The new deal was being held up as Minnesota went through the hiring process of its new Athletic Director, but Charley Walters reports that things should be done fairly soon.

Tubby Smith’s long-anticipated University of Minnesota men’s basketball contract extension will be for three years with a relatively small salary increase. But his overall compensation with the new deal will depend primarily on incentive bonuses based on performance.

It sounds like the salary hasn’t been an issue, but rather what the contract buyout is going to cost. Hopefully it doesn't come down to that.

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LSU Hires Basketball Coach And It Is Not Tubby Smith

The LSU Tigers have reportedly decided on a new head coach for their basketball team and it isn't current Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Tubby Smith. Rather the team has apparently decided to hire Johnny Jones away from North Texas.

A press conference announcing the decision to hire Jones will be held Monday, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. Smith was apparently talking to LSU, but is expected to instead return to the Gophers with a contract extension in hand for next season.

Earlier in the day, Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi made it clear he wanted Smith to remain a Gopher in a text to Marcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press.

"There have been rumors every year; not certain which ones are true," Maturi said in a text message to the Pioneer Press on Friday. "I have stated often I hope and expect Tubby to finish his career here."

It can't be long until an extension is announced.

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Tubby Smith Talked To LSU About Head Coaching Position, According To Report

Tubby Smith said not along ago that he planned on receiving an extension from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but apparently the veteran coach is still exploring his other options. The most well-known option is apparently the vacant head coaching job with the LSU Tigers.

Smith's name has popped up a few times this offseason when other jobs were being discussed, but CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman reports that that LSU has actually talked to LSU about their open position.

LSU spoke to North Texas coach Johnny Jones earlier in the week -- and also has talked to Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, sources told CBSSports.com.

Smith, 60, has spent the past five seasons at Minnesota and has a Top 25 team returning next season. It's unclear his level of interest in heading to Baton Rouge and replacing Trent Johnson, who left for TCU earlier this month.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with this, for sure.

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NIT 2012: Minnesota Golden Gophers Hoping Young Players Continue To Develop

The 2012 National Invitational Tournament will tip-off on Tuesday evening when the Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the La Salle Explorers in the first round of the other tournament contributing to March Madness. The Gophers ended the regular season on a sour note, but showed promise in last week's Big Ten Tournament while being led by a team of youngsters.

True freshman Andre Hollins became an overnight star, at least in the local market, while redshirt freshman Elliott Eliason showed the hustle and rebounding that has been missing in the Gophers lineup for most of the season. Both earned accolades from us following their first round upset of the Northwestern Wildcats, but head coach Tubby Smith chimed in with similar praise on Monday afternoon while talking to the Pioneer Press.

"We found a leader in Andre Hollins, a guy who we can put the ball in his hands," Smith said. "I think Elliott Eliason got quality minutes and he look good doing it. Those are young guys - all freshmen - who haven't ... played in (the postseason)."

While it'd be great to see the young guys continue to improve, Smith pointed out the ultimate goal is still putting a winning team on the court every night until this season is over -- meaning their first loss in the 2012 NIT Tournament Bracket.

"I think we're capable of a lot of things next season," Hollins said. "But for now, we have to take it step by step. We're not looking to next season because we have games to play. We want to win, and we want to get better."

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